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Tin SodaCans – Why are they all the same size?

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  • #44122

    Rahul Sharma
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    Hi All,
    Have you Noticed all the Soda cans are the same size and Quantity all around the world ,Y is tht so …i can understand the same Quantity concept  but y the same size from different Soda Can manufacturers .
    I was not able to look an explanation on the net, May be a 6 sigma experet can help me solve this riddle .
    Regards,
    Rahul Sharma

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    #140945

    Waskita
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    Hi Rahul …
    That’s a very interesting question that i’ve never thought before but it’s true.
    But I would personally think it does not have any thing to do with Six Sigma but more towards business strategy to have competitive positioning in the market with some financial/cost considerations and VOC that justify the decision.
    It’s a totally different scenario with other beverage in plastic bottle for example where the default size in the past is either 1.5L or 600mL. Nowadays, lots of new designs come-out with different volumes as well e.g 500mL, 400mL, or the smallest i’ve seen is 250mL which is basically a portofolio to attack different market segment. What i mean by that is because once it’s consumed, the bottle can still be used for other purpose e.g people normally use 1.5L to contain their tap water inside fridge, smaller ones you can use to put inside your bag when travvelling, go to school, etc. That’s why design also plays a role in the buying decision.
    What about canned drinks? Once you consumed it, the can is no used but to throw away. That’s why people won’t take risk investing their money to introduce smaller sizes that won’t affect buying decision. However; design of the can, tastes, brand positioning may be the critical factors for this type of product
    Sorry for the long explanation, just my 2 cents opinions though ..Perhaps others have different opinions that i’m also interested to know …

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    #140952

    Brad T. Wurst
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    It’s not about the cans;  it’s standardized so they can build coin-op soda machines.

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    #140954

    Brit
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    It costs more to alter the size of aluminum than plastic – from metal supplier to end result.
    Soda machines using cans are made for limited sizes  – you certainly want your can to fit in not only your machine but other “generic” nmachines – although it isn’t really that hard to alter a can machine to accept different sizes.
    People want that size – if they didn’t, they would stop buying cans and go with different options.

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    #140957

    McD
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    They’re only the same size if your experience is limited to vending machines.  I often pick up the little cans for when I just want to wet my whistle before bed and the regular cans are too much.  The other day I was going for a long drive and my wife picked up a tall can for me.  Too much – gets warm before you can drink it.
    –McD
     

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    #140958

    Goalie
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    Although I believe the vending machine is now the driver for new products (the critical X), I do also believe that the size and SHAPE of the can came before the machines due to:
    1. Reasonable volume. Bigger than 1 cup, but just enough that if you’re really thirsty, you’ll want to put another 75 cents in the machine for more.
    The shape is more driven (and more interesting to consider) by
    1. Reasonably minimal surface area to volume ratio. You would find using a little Calculus that a tuna-can shape is actual the minimum surface area to volume ratio, but it would be strange to drink soda from the equivalent of an Aluminum bowl, which leads to…
    2. Ergonomics. The can fits nicely in the average sized adult hand. This one might drive volume too as once you limit the diameter to pick it up, a taller can spills more easily due to CoG considerations. 

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    #140959

    Barry M. Nma
    Participant

    Sometimes, when I want to “wet my whistle”, I skip the whole canned pop thing altogether and just have my wife spit in my mouth.

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    #140960

    L. A. Valamp
    Participant

    Exactly what part of the world is canning sodas in tin?  Isn’t it all in aluminium?

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    #140962

    tottow
    Member

    Classy!
    Is that before, after, or during watching Jerry Springer in the living room of the trailer. :)))))))
     

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    #140965

    Barry M. Nma
    Participant

    Springer??  Thats too much thinkin fer me.  I don’t go fer them intellekshuls (over my hed).
    Specially when NASCARz on!!!! 
    DALE EARNHARDT  4EVER!!!

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    #140966

    tottow
    Member

    I prefer Formula 1 racing.
    BTW – isn’t Dale dead?
    Heard a joke this morning about Jeff Gordon’s endorsed drink (?) called Z14 (?), Tony Stewart said Jeff called it that because he lost $14 million in the divorce.
     

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    #140967

    Barry M. Nma
    Participant

    Dale…..
    ……is……
    ………….dead?
    Oh what doth deserveth such foul intent, evil spectre?

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    #140970

    tottow
    Member

    Gee, I ‘m impressed! 
    From Southern hick trailer talk to something resembling Shakspeare in two posts.
    Thou must truly be a renaissance man!

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    #140971

    Barry M. Nma
    Participant

    It could be the schizophrenia flaring up again.  I’ll have Jewel see if there’s any Preparation H in the drawer still. 

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